Item FC 3213 L55 019.050 - 1851 (Jun) from William Cockran to Smithurst

Transcript 1851 June 4 - Letter from Cockran

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1851 (Jun) from William Cockran to Smithurst

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FC 3213 L55 019.050

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  • June 4, 1851 (Creation)

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One sheet of paper with integral address face.

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An Anglican clergyman and early missionary in Rupert's Land.

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Place: Red River Settlement

From: Wm Cockran

To: Rev. John Smithurst, Upper Fort Garry

Details: 3pp and integral address face

Notes: Reverend William Cockran writes that he only just heard through Major Caldwell that Rev. Smithurst was leaving for England with Henry Cook in a few days. Rev. Cockran says he is sorry he cannot see Rev. Smithurst in person, but he is too busy preparing to form a settlement at Portage la Prairie. He then writes about the difficulties in getting a thrashing machine and asks Rev. Smithurst to inquire in the United States if a machine can be imported from there. He then complains about Adam Thom and Governor Colville throwing obstacles in the way of getting this new settlement established. Rev. Cockran then returns to the issue of Rev. Smithurst leaving and expresses his sadness that Smithurst and his congregation have had such a falling out. He then prays that God will grant Rev. Smithurst repentance. He asks Rev. Smithurst to send financial aid back to Red River to help pay for the building of a new stone church.

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This letter is quite faded.

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Bruce Peel Special Collections is part of the University of Alberta Libraries.

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